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The fade-outs on Hard to Handle and that crazy, 'tightened-up' Dancin' let us off the hook a lot more softly than just an abrupt cut; the entire set here is total solid gold. That famed jam in the middle of the Other One suite is pretty awesome! What a distinct show this is - they're right out there in front of everything.
You know, Quicksilver concluded their set this night with a 30-min+ "Who Do You Love" - if you can find and give that jam a listen, I'd *highly* recommend doing so, cut tape and all. It's absolutely out-of-control amazing!
Subject: Smashingly good its a mans world, Candyman doulbletimedSweet!
"open " atmoshereic live feel.!st row feel.
the singin on mans world is barbershop Youdling equal to the GD at their rawest.
finest"Pre 71" sound, a bit of 65-69 left in the style. AMAZING recording separation, HTH from 8/6/71 might trump this one , so sad it was cut, still its fun 2 try to catch lighning bugs in a jar_ u lose a few here and there!
the rythum gutiar is amazing also -so clear!
the seque from crypital to dire wolf deserves the >>>>>>>>>> for once ! sweet shift even for GD !!
surely the rest is all gold as others attest!
Evan S. Hunt -
Subject: One Of Those Long Sets
The GD did when they shared the bill. They hit every station of the cross on this night.
Quicksilver and the Airplane were also on this bill. Both were absolutely amazing but the GD was supreme. The GD had replaced both as the premier SF band -- there was no lingering debate.
Read my other review of this night if you please.
Subject: A compilation of this recording and the
newer one would be a real treat. This recording is better quality, in my opinion, and doesn't skip songs like the other does.
Subject: Stellar Dead
Just found this one recently, and it has quickly become one of my favorites. The recording has a similar level of presence as Dick's Picks 4, and though it's not a complete show, what we have is stellar. If you like Pigpen and the 1970 Motown Dead, this is a must have.
Subject: all RITE ON THE MONEY.
WHAT anight this myst have been spending a lazy day listening to all 3 acts. for those who also may want to sugar megs .com has the quicksilver and airplane from this day in history. We heads call it history cause of the band / bands. yet APPOLO makes this a day of true history even if not home yet. Good will to all and a very happy new years. you my little one in heaven will always be LOVED and deeply MISSED love you Gina
Subject: Extra Special
Indeed this is a powerfully played show, but I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the extra personnel. According to deadlists, "The Jam in fast 8s interpolated into That's It is extraordinary. A third guitarist sits in, and also someone on keyboards, and someone on congas (starting from during the first drums)."
P.S. 4th Candyman ever, super sweet!
Subject: Sweet Home Pomona
Winterland, GD headlining a show with Quicksilver and the Airplane as the openers in Spring 1970.
Yes, this sucks just as much as you'd think it would.
Actually this is one of the greatest, most satisfying GD performances ever, and I don't say that lightly.
As far as Absolute Peaks of Grateful Deadness go, Feb-May 1970 surpasses Europe 72 in my book, and again, I don't say that lightly. This show is one of the reasons I say that.
Mans World, Candyman, Cumberland... hell, who am I kidding?
The Other One
I can't imagine being at a show this good.
A couple of days later, on April 17, 1970 I was outside playing in our LA neighborhood when these air-raid sirens started going off. I went inside and asked my mom what the dealio was and she told me it was because the astronauts of Apollo 13 had safely returned to Earth. Thanks Mom.
I feel comfortable giving this show 5 stars.
Subject: greatest night ever
This was my favorite night of music ever. Quicksilver played first and played the best set I ever heard them play. The Airplane were next, and played a great set, but my friends and I were convinced Quicksilver would be the best band this night. Then the Dead changed our opinion right out of the box with a great Cold Rain and Snow, followed by Weir yelling back to us. The rest of the music was great, particularly the Cryptical/Jam/Other One, and Dancin. There is a lot of speculation that other players were in on the jam. I don't remember anyone else playing, but I will never forget David Crosby standing with the roadies and others behind the Dead, with the most blissed out smile the whole time. Though I think if a picture had been taken of me, I would have had the same look.
Yeah, by far the best jam that I've ever heard. I wish that this were still available for download. I guess I missed the window. And teh sound quality is phenomenal. 5 stars for the jam and overall sound quality.
Subject: ahhh yeahhh....
Cryptical>Drumz>**JAM**>Drumz>TOO>Cryptical...need i say more than what's been said!?
Subject: I've fallen and I can't get up
Mannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn,,,,,three songs in and my jaw dropped with so much inertia it pulled me straight to the floor. This is sweeter than cherry wine.
Subject: it's a man's man's man's world
amazing cover if any other listeners know other shows that have equally spellbinding cover's please let this listener in on the date
oh and the cyrptic sandwhich along with the lovelight into pre-mature nfa is fine by me.
although i am prob one of the youngest archive consumers i must say this show carries the true vibe and feeling of the grateful dead.
if anyone wonders how jambands came to be you only need to stream this show with a open mind and then compare to the current jamband staples. i hope this continues to share the love and joy that only the grateful dead can bring
Subject: very cool
The dead had a different vibe in these early years. Pig Pen blew me away with "It's a Man's World" and you really can feel the pain in his voice. Pig Pen meant every word of what ever he sang on stage. Jerry was smokin' that night as well! Definitely wish I could have been there.
Pig is here ... that is one guttoral lunge he makes ...
yeah ... i hear ya bro
Cliff Hucker -
Subject: Phenomenal jamming...
One of the very best from 1970. This show is extremely well played from start to finish and the sound/mix is A+
While Candyman is gorgeous and Dancin' electrifying, the highlights here are definately the two sandwiches; the percussion driven Jam between the two drum breaks is simply phenomenal but save some room for Lovelight/NFA/Lovelight!
I would score this higher, but there are some issues with fade-outs on some tracks. (98+ pts)
Subject: A "Must Hear" Show!!
This show is really REALLY special! Not only is every single song played with real authority, but the sound quality is excellent. Beginning with the Cold Rain & Snow opener this recording reveals the band sharp, focused and at the peak of their abilities. There is so much to recommend about this recording that I will only touch on a few highlights. If this Hard To Handle was not cut, it would rival 8/6/71 as perhaps the finest ever played! I am of the opinion that It's A Man's Man's World from this show IS the best version the band played, and Pigpen is at his very best this night. If you love Pigpen then this is your kind of show. Pigpen even adds some pretty good keyboards.
The jam after. Cryptical>Drums is one to bookmark if you want an example of true improvisation on the part of this band, They had never to my knowledge done this before or after when joining Cryptical>Drums to The Other One. The band just goes off on instinct and find themselves hurled into a Santana-esque jam out of drums before settling into a blistering version of The Other One. This is "must-hear" stuff. The Dancing In The Streets has to be on the short list of "best ever" versions, if not on the top of all the pre-disco arrangements of this song. It covers a whole lot of ground and has that perfect "Tighten-Up" jam the band played so well in 1970. Just when you think it's winding down Jerry picks it up and takes the song over to a whole other level when you least expect it.
The Lovelight>NFA>Lovelight closer is the icing on the cake of an incredible show at Winterland!
I was just goin down the road feelin.....
and I found THIS!!!!
Holy Smokes! The cryptical-drums-jam-OO is out of this world. OUT OF THIS WORLD! I have never heard a jam like this one. It's so sad H2H is cut. What a show!!! This will go into my faves of all time. Smokin band, smokin quality. Lord Love The PIG!
Subject: I Cheated....
I went straight for the jugular and started with the Cryptical Envelopment -> Drums -> Jam -> Drums -> The Other One -> Cryptical Envelopment -> Dire Wolf portion of this show.
And I'd do it again. And again. And again.
Burnt Rich -
Subject: Its the Dead that govern....the Living only obey........
Caution.....No China>Rider... plus Hard to Handle cuts in the most smokin' section into dead air into.. Cumberland Blues??? WTF. Something not right with the set list...BUT whatever is happening...the Band is ON!!! High and tight, tonight!!! Great,splendid versions of all tunes...just a screwy,disjointed set listing. Damn the cut in that Hard to Handle!!!....My motor is still running but I just ran out of road and off a cliff dancing to this one...OUCH!..........5 star playing and great clarity, 3 star upload because of missing songs and evil cuts. The Candyman is particulary lilting---most everything else is sizzling.
Subject: thumbs up
damn good show, pig is on fire tonight. the rhythm devils seem to be especially cooking tonight. awesome show, worth a thousand listens
...as I listen to China Cat I wonder why smgarcia posts that review..... excellent sound (from a complete soundboard snob).
Little Nemo -
Subject: Stellar "That's it..."
Everyone talks about the unique jam before OO, which is indeed great, but it detracts attention from the truly stellar psychedelic feast of joyousness that is OO>CR itself. One of the best and most powerful versions to date, the thunderous mind-melting power of OO dissolves into the gentle loving caresses of a Cryp Reprise that's sweet yet spacy.
Other highlights: Man's World, DANCIN' (holy smokes, they take a 50s R&B tune to Neptune and back), and one of the best LLs to come along in quite some time.
This needs to be released, I think, now that it's not downloadable anyway. (Wait...that's just how they *want* us to think!)
a hot '70 show! lots of fun...
the highlight is definitely the unbelievable 5-minute jam that comes out of drums. full of energy and drive, yet kind of groovy at the same time - really captures the feel of the dead circa '70, with a kind of allman bros/santana vibe.
other highlights include pigpen's insane vocals on man's world, an early, almost swinging candyman, a perfect cryptical > dire wolf segue and some really sweet and melodic playing in the dancin' jam that continues into the mellower pre-nfa segment of lovelight.
Subject: Can't be 5 star
Show is missing China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider.
Subject: Just about perfect
Once again, I am not a live Dead expert... but I knows whats I like.
This show is just near perfect! Great quality in terms of the recording as well as the band's playing. Their singing and playing are energized and dead on.
What an awesome find.
Subject: Turn on your Lovelight!
All around awesome Lovelight w/ Pig relatively low- key and cool. Pig's chill stands in sharp contrast to Bobby's vocal histrionics at the end of the LL>NFA>LL sandwich. Bobby enters the fray rather tentatively upon Pig's urging but then goes howler monkey. All the while Garcia's servin up a country-psychedelic feast. Classic.
Subject: One of the best "Jams"
The Jam in the Other One Suite is a true highlight-faint echoes of "Eyes" can be noted in the changes. Very, very hot.
Subject: DAMN WHY DID PIG HAVE TO DIE
Pig's vocals on Man's World are INSANE - best form I have heard him...if you do nothing else, download that track and listen on some good headphones = face be stolen.
Subject: This show smokes
I have no idea what the previous reviewer is saying, but this ain't a 4 star show. The energy in this show just reaches out through the speaker and grabs hold of you from start to finish. I'm normally lazy about writing reviews but every time I listen to this show I get pumped to write it up so here goes...
As some others have pointed out, the Jam in Other One is an absolute highlight, but the rest of the concert is pretty great. If I had time travel this would be one of the 1970 shows I would make sure I saw live.
Cold Rain & Snow sizzles from the start and sets the tone for what's to follow. I love this song and this version is at the top of my list of favorites. There's a short scream at the end which perfectly sums up the way you'll be feeling after you've heard it. Mama Tried, Man's World and Candyman are all excellent versions which keep the momentum going.
Then they launch into a Hard to Handle which has only one flaw. The recording is cut short and fades part way through the jam. It starts off very strong and the jam that ensues is so grooving you wonder if what we're missing is something like what took place on 8/6/71. It sure feels that way.
Next is a great version of Cumberland, one of my favorite dancing songs, that stands up to the great one played 2 weeks later at Harpur. But it's the Other One suite that follows which makes you really pay attention. Unique as far as I know because of a rocking jam they insert between drums and the thundering bass Phil usually starts them off with, it has to be experienced to be believed. The energy comes from the drum solo (really from CR&S) which I normally can take or leave, but this one picks up a fire half way through that feels like the band just couldn't wait to layer something on top. The Jam that follows is unlike anything I've heard. Maybe a mix of the frenetic Other One and a Spanish jam. It's the motivation for me typing this review. Then as if that wasn't enough a great Other One follows.
The rest of the concert rocks too - an excellent version of Dancin, especially for those who don't always love the screechiness of the early version vocals because they're a bit softer here. But I want to highlight one more thing which no one has mentioned yet...
Lovelight! After a good start that segues into a short snappy Not Fade Away, they return. Pig is groovin but doesn't have the energy to take them higher. So what happens? Those of you who like to bash Bob or don't like his screaming might not love this as much as I did, but Pig is heard saying into the mike as part of his rap: "a little bit of help, need a little help, Oh Bobby, got some help for me?". This leads to a vocal exchange that soars as first Bobby joins Pigs mellow groove without missing a beat, then starts to take the lead. He does this with incredible feel, raising the energy with a slow burn the way Jerry does so often with his guitar. Next thing you know Bobby is yelling into the mike with Pig wailing in the background, and they continue taking turns for several minutes ending in a vocal crescendo that is off the charts.
For those wondering where Bobby got the chops to take on Lovelight on his own years later, this is the earliest evidence I've found.
may the four winds blow you safely home
its about time......=8
the sound is great and the band is on fire. get this. you will not be dissappointed.
Subject: Definitive Dead
First of all it sounds like your sitting in the 1st row with your feet up on the stage. Anybody wants to know what this band was about just play em the Cryptical>Dire Wolf, total psychedlia into dirt band music, maybe the best example of the range of this band's talent. Long ago became my favorite tape, thanks to the Archive for preserving it.
an interesting fact to boot... this show was played 2 days before apollo 13 splashed down after their difficulty in space. Millions of people around the world were praying for those astronauts. While these notes are being played they were up in space freezing...u think they could hear them burning the venue down with their musical genius?!
If you don't like this show, you just might be stupid. You can tell this is just one of those nights where it all came together. Jerry's smokin', Pig's wailin', Phil's groovin'.......That cumberland will make your sticker peck out! Sound quality does not disappoint.
Tampa Red -
Subject: Geez, I've never even heard of this show...
...and that's been my loss up until now. The sound quality approaches the best of any Dead tape I have ever listened to, period. As if that's not good enough, it's an incredible set to boot. Listen to everyone else and download this puppy now (before it's too late!)
Seriously, stop reading and download this already! As another has previously stated, just when you thought you have heard it all... Amazing perfromance and sound quality. A Must Have for sure!
Subject: Holy crap!!!!
The "THAT'S IT FOR THE OTHER ONE" IS
All the way through "Dire Wolf". That "JAM" after one of the BEST ever "DRUMS" that I've Heard, is HOT!!!! One of the best "JAMS" By GD that I've heard.
Sound is GREAT.
IFyou do not download this show I will personally hunt you and "Beat you on down the line!!!!!" Doenload now!!!
spanish jam -
my fav candyman of all time
jerry hits notes so clear
reminds me of beautiful jam
tie yo momma down
This show rocks. Definately a keeper, but wheres china cat???
Subject: Amazing Jam
The wonderful thing about these guys is that when you think you've "heard it all", you come across something like this. What an intense jam. Tell your friends. 5 great big stars!
Subject: great jams, great sound
was really impressed with this one....not a bit sloppy like some shows from the era are. Intense jam after the cryptical drums before they go back into other one. Super tight segue into dire wolf from cryptical.
This recording is a perfect snapshot of crisp, clear, Dead at their best. The sound quality is so good it's almost hard to believe. Jerry's playing is deliberate and creative, and the the vocals are all perfectly balanced. Highly reccomended show, definitely one of the best of the year.
Subject: pupils dilated just listening to this
this show drips with power a must hear / dl... it's weird as soon as you find a sweet spot of shows you think you like the best then you hear something like this with such energy. 5 for show and 5 relative to other 70's.
Subject: Miles Davis shows
Smoking! Interesting to hear the boys one year later after their very fine ride 27Feb.-2March69 at Market and Van Ness.
Subject: One of the Best of a Great Year
The boys were ON this night. Garcia is wailing through the whole show and everybody else keeps up with him. A stellar version of It's A Mans World. The Jamming into The Other One is scorching, as is the whole tune. They have a ball with Lovelight. There's nothing bad in the whole show and I'm thrilled to get the 4 missing tunes. (I knew somebody had them, but where's the CCS-IKYR that's listed? It doesn't matter...I shouldn't be greedy, sorry!)
I probably play this show and give it out to people more than any other. Don't wait on this, you'll be sorry.
Subject: absolutely essential
This is an incredible recording and an all-time great performance. Among many many noteworthy items is the crazy jam preceding the other one. If I could only bring 6 or so minutes of music to the proverbial desert island, that unique and utterly maniacal jam might just be it. Get it.